Ananya Shrestha is a Ph.D. candidate at the department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from The College of Wooster in Ohio (2016) and her M.Sc. in Migration Studies from The University of Oxford in Oxford, England (2017). Her primary research interests are in the realm of immigrant psychology, including (but not limited to) topics of acculturation, cultural variability, ethnic identity development, immigrant and diasporic literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry), immigrant youth, remote acculturation, and remote enculturation. For more information on her work, visit her professional profile and/or lab page.
A self-professed heliophile, Ananya was born in April and loves Spring the most, despite having a list of favorite things about each season. She enjoys taking pictures of flowers and pairing them with poems on her Instagram account @anyashr. She also really likes to be around all bodies of water, large or small. If given her way, she would spend her time hiking, rock-climbing, and growing a garden of daisies and lilies with her two very spoiled cats. For now, however, she settles with doing yoga in her front lawn every Saturday and swimming at the Aquatic Center in CRCE (it has palm trees!).
When not working on the Humans in Nature project or in the Culture and Family Life Lab, Ananya can be found studying in the main quad or “chilling” by the Alumni fountain, right through the Hallene Gateway on the UIUC campus. Fun fact: she is a fierce, fierce Ravenclaw.
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